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Evaluation of a Child with Cerebral Palsy

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Evaluation of a child with cerebral palsy (CP) requires a multidisciplinary approach with a team of professionals comprising of a pediatrician or pediatric neurologist, occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, child psychologist, and a social worker. The assessment is necessary to confirm the diagnosis, determine the cause, assess the motor function and associated problems. The diagnosis of CP is clinical but selected investigations may be required for ascertaining the cause. Evaluation includes assessment for common medical problems of childhood particularly nutritional disorders and assessment of family functioning. Additional disabilities are common. Routine assessment of vision and hearing is required in children with CP. Since CP is a changing disorder, some limitations may not be evident early in life but manifest in the school age or later. The evaluation of a child with CP is an ongoing process and should be a part of continuing care as the child grows from infancy to adolescence

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Aneja, S. Evaluation of a Child with Cerebral Palsy. Indian J Pediatr 71, 627–634 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02724123

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Key words

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Assessment
  • Disability
  • Evaluation